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I am wanting to set up a dual boot system, xp and redhat. I recently reformatted and reinstalled windows but formatted the drive as ntfs. I have been reading that the best thing to do if setting up a machine to dual boot is to set up windows partition as fat32, but want to avoid reformatting the drive. If i create a seperate fat32 partition for files both operating systems can share this should be ok? Right now I have C,D,and E drives. Should i delete the D and E partitions, then create say a D partition fat32 (for the shared files) leaving about 10 gigs for the linux installation, and when I install linux it will leave C and D alone, and create I guess 3 paritions in place of what once was E? Will this work ok? in this order? any advice.. I want to make friends with the penguin.
If I were in your shoes, I'd confine XP to a single NTFS partition and then create a FAT32 partition just big enough to hold the files you want to share. Of course this is assuming that you want windows to be able to see files you've saved in Linux. If you just want linux to read files from XP, then you don't need the FAT32 partition as Linux can read (but not really write) to NTFS partitions.
So on the 10 gigs of what was E, I'd build a swap partition and then at least two other partions: one for / and one for /home. I know a lot of people will also put /var and /tmp in their own partitions to keep them from gobbling disk space.
Yes, when you install Linux, it should leave the XP installation alone. Unlike windows, linux doesn't assume it is the only OS on the machine. The one thing to make sure you understand before you do this though is the boot loader. I believe RH uses GRUB. Make sure you understand (and have examples) of how to properly edit the GRUB configuration file so that dual-booting works.
You want to be sure that the space needed for E is available....In other words, if that space is in a current partition that would have to be resized, you will want to resize it before you start. You don't want to resize a partition during install because anything on that partition is going to get wiped out. If you have something like Partition Magic, that would do nicely. Otherwise you probably should use Windows to create the E drive and then use that for Linux.
by the way, the easiest thing to do is to reformat your E drive into free space, using the /control panel/Admin tools/disk management utility in XP. That way, when you want to install RedHat, it will ask do you want to use existing free space, and you can say YES!!!
now im having a problem burning the 3rd disk/iso file.. message is "entered blocksize does not correspond to the image length". i am using nero and i get the option to correct the problem or ignore but ignore wont work and i dont know how to correct it or what to change the blocksize to.
does this sound like i need to redownload or can i change the blocksize and to what? i am unable to redownload the 3rd iso file, site times out..
or should i just choose another distrubtion since redhat isnt going to be supported anymore and if so will all distributions work well in a dual boot machine?
While redhat isn't going to be supported, I think that Fedora will be. You might want to check that out and see if it meets your needs. If you're looking at different distros, you also might want to check out Mandrake since it aims to be an easier to use distro. Of course if you want to dive in and learn, nothing beats Slackware. A kind of steep learning curve, but you'll know your Linux when you get it running.
And yes, you can dual-boot any distro, just be sure to investigate the appropriate boot manager for the distro you choose (GRUB or LILO) and understand how to dual boot with it. I dual boot a laptop with XP and Slackware and have no problems at all.
As for your iso problems, either you've got a corrupt iso (google around for a windows program that can check md5 results) or you're burning the CD wrong. I've seen a couple of threads about burning iso with Nero so you may want to search the site for advice. I don't use Nero, so I'm not goign to be much help here.
well, system is up and running and everything is almost smooth, have to install drivers from a disk set up to install to windows but it appears there are the necessary files to install to linux..and then need to familiarize myself with linux some more so off to the library... thanks for the help everyone!!